The Department of Defense, which is helping to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine with plans to vaccinate the entire United States population by no later than 2021, has declared the progress to be “swift.” Unprecedented progress has been made recently on Operation Warp Speed, an effort by the Defense Department, Health and Human Services, other federal agencies, and private industry to develop a coronavirus vaccine, an HHS official said today.
According to Defense.gov, HHS policy deputy chief of staff Paul Mango said, “We’re very, very pleased with where we are,” during a telephone briefing with reporters. He was joined on the media conference call by Dr. Janet Woodcock, M.D., the director of the centers for drug evaluation research at the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Jay Butler, the deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Mango reminded reporters that four of the six vaccine candidates are in phase III clinical trials, and added that the Food and Drug Administration continues to review vaccine safety information on the candidates.
“For all of these vaccines — all six vaccine candidates — we are already manufacturing at industrial scale,” he said, “Along the way, we’ve encountered the normal what I would say scientific obstacles that had to be overcome. We feel very good about having done that. And now we’re just waiting particularly for those that are in phase III trials for the appropriate number of events to occur so that those vaccines can be evaluated by the FDA.” – Defense.gov
There has also been “progress” made to the plans to distribute this vaccine to public. “We’re in the process of actively engaging tens of thousands of provider outlets for these vaccines,” Mango said. “We anticipate having collectively 65,000 [to] 75,000 points of potential vaccination. Our [information technology] system is knitting together a lot of the legacy systems that the CDC has had in place for a long time [and] we’re testing that, stress testing it; we feel very good thus far about its capacity and its robustness.”
“We’ve been preparing for implementation of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine programs,” Butler said. “Nationally, we believe it is a crucial next step as part of our overall efforts to protect Americans, reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and help restore some normalcy to our lives in our country.”
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